The announcement of Alberta’s new Police Funding Model has resulted in additional resources for the province’s RCMP for 2020-2021.
Alberta RCMP says 76 new police officers and 57 new civilian support positions are being added.
The new resources will directly or indirectly support frontline policing in communities RCMP serve across rural Alberta.
The allocation of the new resources was determined through a workload analysis at each detachment location in the province, including factors such as travel time, call volume, the type of crimes occurring in the area, amount of time required for investigations, size of detachment, and time available for proactive policing, which includes strategic patrols, community engagement, visiting schools, and attending community events.
So far, Alberta RCMP says they have filled a total of 46 positions to increase rural policing levels and to enhance rural crime reduction efforts. This includes 25 frontline police positions in Alberta rural communities; 18 centralized police officer positions to provide support and specialized services to all rural Alberta RCMP detachments, and three civilian support positions to provide administrative and program support across the RCMP provincial jurisdiction.
The Western Alberta District will see five new positions added at detachments in Beaverlodge, Edson, Evansburg, Mayerthorpe, and Valleyview.